Playdate with Death by Ayelet Waldman
(Mommy-Track Mysteries)

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Public defender turned stay-at-home mom Juliet Applebaum's previous adventures have been praised as "compelling" (Publishers Weekly) and "entertaining" (Booklist). In A Playdate with Death, she's back in top form, investigating the mysterious death of her personal trainer in between taming tantrums, planning playdates, and playing dress up with her two rowdy kids.

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Ayelet Waldman was born on December 11, 1964. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 1986 and from Harvard Law School in 1991. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked at a New York law firm and as a federal public defender in California. She is the author of the Mommy-Track Mysteries series, Daughter's Keeper, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, and Red Hook Road. In her essay Motherlove, which was published in Because I Said So: 33 Mothers Write about Children, Sex, Men, Aging, Faith, Race and Themselves, Waldman admitted that she loves her husband more than her children. Her book Bad Mother was written as a result of the negative reaction to her essay.
Published July 1, 2003 by Berkley. 240 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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and gun enthusiast Al Hockey, Juliet locates Bobby’s birth mom, a virulently anti-Semitic married woman, whose affair long years ago with a Jew passed the Tay-Sachs gene on to Bobby.

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The challenges of motherhood don't hold a candle to the challenge of sleuthing for Juliet Applebaum, the heroine of Waldman's third sparkling "mommy-track" mystery (Nursery Crimes;

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At one point in the book, when Juliet is concerned about her family's safety, her friend Al -- former cop and new private investigator - suggests that Peter take the kids to his cabin.

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Juliet Applebaum was once a high powered lawyer, a public defender who worked fourteen hours a day.

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